Friday, August 19, 2011

Trip to the City

Yesterday we took a trip to the city...something we don't do very often.  City life is so different from county living.  I have never lived in a city and sometimes wonder what it would be like.  We wanted to go visit  St. Louis University Museum of Art mainly because they have a floor that has a Collection of the Western Jesuit Missions.  Our daughter and son-in-law both graduated from St. Louis University and married at St. Francis Xavier College Church.  We really enjoyed just getting out and doing something different.

 The building itself is pretty interesting...especially the interior.  I found some history about the building on this site.

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA) originally was built in 1900 as the home of the St. Louis Club at a cost of $320,000. The St. Louis Club dated from 1886, when it was organized in a building at Locust Street and Ewing Avenue. It was probably the most exclusive club of its time and the Lindell building was expensively equipped. An architectural competition in 1896 determined the designer and style of the building, with Arthur Dillon of the New York firm Friedlander and Dillon chosen to be the principal architect.
The architects designed the building in the Beaux Arts style, which was used for prominent urban structures around the turn of the twentieth century. The building has a raised basement of rusticated limestone and a high-pitched mansard roof. The front fa?de has a tripartite organization (the central projecting block displays Ionic columns) and a corbelled entablature. Flanking sections have tall casement windows with limestone surrounds and ornamental wall dormers.
The idea for the St. Louis 1904 World's Fair is said to have surfaced at a dinner at the St. Louis Club, and much of the planning took place there. The club then purchased 14 paintings from among those exhibited at the World's Fair. These formed the nucleus of a collection that became one of the best-regarded private collections in the city.
For its first quarter century, the building located at 3663 Lindell Blvd. was the center of St. Louis social life and was visited by a number of U.S. presidents, including Presidents Cleveland, McKinley, Taft, Roosevelt, Wilson and Harding. Herbert Hoover was entertained there while he served as Secretary of Commerce. During their visits to St. Louis, Taft, Wilson and Hoover were lodged in a suite on the third floor of the building.
A fire in 1925 led to the end of the St. Louis Club era on Lindell. Despite only minor damage, the building was sold. The building was used by a succession of companies over the years, until the University purchased the building in 1992 from Saint Louis University alumnus, Francis E. O'Donnell Jr., M.D. The building was the home of the SLU Graduate School and the School of Public Health and was known as O'Donnell Hall. The building was named the Doris O'Donnell Hall in honor of Dr. O'Donnell's mother, a long-time employee and director of alumni relations at the University. Designated as a historic landmark, the structure is distinguished for its architectural character, features and rich detail.

The stairway in the entry is really interesting.

A nice flower area that has survived our triple digit heat this summer.  Refreshing to see.  Most of our lawns and trees and flowers have the.... desert look...unless one owns an automatic sprinkler.... and they don't mind the big water bill.

The Old Court House (another place I have not seen on the inside yet) with a little view of the Arch.  I went up in the Arch one time.  I don't handle tight places very well.  When I went was like crawling into a dryer with a couple of seats.  Too scary for me...but millions of people probably don't have a problem with it.

We ate lunch at Mike Shannon's.  I have been wanting to go there for so I was excited to finally get there.  I was expecting a very laid back atmosphere.... but found that it is a  very classy place.  The decor and the service and the food were top notch.  I used to watch baseball for a few years and have listened to games just because Bob and Bobby have them on.  Mike Shannon was my favorite announcer.  Jack Buck was really great...but I just loved Shannon's  way of interpreting the game and his unique style of phrases.  Like...  "This big standing room only crowd is settling into their seats."

We sat in the Chase Corner.  Kelly Chase was famous for his fights in hockey.    I think he is now an announcer also like ...Mike Shannon.  Several former sports players have restaurants around St. Louis.  Brett Hull used to have one, but I am not sure if he still does.  Albert Pujols has one.  Ozzie Smith, and I think a few more.  We used to have a restaurant at Union Station called Dierdorf and Hart back when we had the St. Louis Cardinals Football team here.

I was facing this photo of  some fools with their pants down showing their Blue undies...I guess.  Well...everything else was really classy.  Ha...

A refreshing relaxing day!


Renie Burghardt said...

Well, your pictures make St. Louis look pretty great! The parts I saw driving through, several years ago, didn't make it look too great. But then, I'm not a city person either. We went to Memphis last year, and I enjoyed the change of scenery, but I wouldn't want to live in any city! Funny, I thought you lived in the city. Well, I guesss you live in the burbs, right?

You must have a really good camera to take the great pictures.

Enjoy your weekend.


Rudee said...

"This big standing room only crowd is settling into their seats." Best laugh of the day.

I love all of your photos, but the one on top and the one of the staircase and banisters were really spectacular.

I'm glad you had a good trip to the city.

Sandy said...

Nice trip to the city - glad you posted the photos.

Reader Wil said...

Great building, Brenda. I love that staircase! Thank you for sharing your day out!

bettyjf1 said...

The staircase is beautiful Brenda.. Love that shadows and different shades.. St. Louis is beautiful.

I've always wondered what city living would be like.. I'm not really a "country girl" either.. more of a suburbia girl.. :)

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